Perez Dropped – Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, De Jong Start


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Newcastle’s head coach Steve McCalren has just announced the team for what could be a watershed game today against the in-form Liverpool at St. James’ Park and it looks like he’s made one change from last week – Siem de Jong for Ayoze Perez.

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Siem de Jong; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Kevin Mbabu, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez

Kevin Mbabu is on the bench and after Paul Dummett has struggled in the last three games we thought Kevin should have been given a chance at left back, but once again McCalren has stayed with almost the same team that was hammered 5-1 at Crystal Palace last week.

But with hamstring injuries picked up by Mike Williamson and Jamaal Lascelles this week and with Cheick Tiote still out injured with his groin problem – there wasn’t much choice this week for the head coach to make.

It’s good to see Siem de Jong finally get a start – he’s had to wait long enough – that’s for sure.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the state of the club at the moment and how a good (like today) win can give players confidence:

“Nobody is happy in this football club.”  “We’ve lost the last two games and haven’t performed very well.”

“It’s a remarkable turnaround from three weeks ago when we left Bournemouth with smiles on our faces, thinking we had turned the corner.”

“But that’s typical of football. Confidence can be eroded and can go as quickly as it comes.”

“We have to believe that the next game is always an opportunity to build a performance, get a result and if that happens all of a sudden you will see the confidence flooding back.”

“Confidence is very fragile at the moment, but we believe in these players.”

Fans are not expecting much out of this game.

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We have to admit to having some trepidation on what the score could be today – especially if our lads don’t turn up or disappear during the game.

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258 comments so far

  • andrew84

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #1

    A line-up that strikes fear in the heart.

    Coloccini and Sissoko are undroppable. McClaren’s a joke man.

    There is no reason at all why Mbabu couldn’t come in and play on the left, with Dummett standing in for Coloccini.

    And Sissoko simply does not deserve to be playing.

    I would love to be proved wrong.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #2

    No Lallana or Sturridge for Liverpool, goes to show how much they rate our side.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #3

    I am willing to give De Jong a chance but Cisse over Perez and Mitrovic?

    even worse he’s playing a 4-4-1-1?

    And 1 f@cking strier?

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  • Jamiemac

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Perez dropped cbfa

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    andrew

    For a split second there I thought you meant fear in a Liverpool heart!

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  • micktoon

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6

    perez= passion which is what we are lacking so we remove the little we have mclaren hates youth

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    how many times does he keep using the word confidence!! we were absolutely murdered at bournemouth, he should have been embarrassed, not smiling.

    i think today sm may have just signed his death warrant

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  • davetoon

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #8

    what a joke

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #9

    micktoon

    sm sold abeid and kemen, ostracised Aarons and it was ages before perez got a look in

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  • toonking

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    cisse for mitrovic last week
    de jong for perez this week

    nobody in for colo
    nobody in for sissoko

    MAC OUT

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  • AncientC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20151206/newcastle-v-liverpool-one-change_2281670_5191097

    According to the official site, it is a 4-4-1-1.

    Surprised he didn’t go 5 at the back, but cannot complain about 2 forwards.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    same team as last week. wtf is wrong with steve??? like sdj for perez will make the difference. gutless move by an arrogant coach

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  • andrew84

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Ron Knee

    Haha nah trust me mate, it’s fear in my heart only…

    And no Perez. What the hell did he do to deserve being dropped.

    McClaren you’re a joke and you’ve got no balls!

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  • DAVEMAC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Cant believe this selection how he can drop Perez is beyond me the lad tries all the time even if he is not having a good game at least you get some effort from him. Does this mean that as he is the only one dropped that he was to blame for the 5 – 1 hammering last week and that Colo and company were let down by him. How he can play Colo and Sissoko and drop Perez is unreal both of those two are cowards, lazy, not interested and a disgrace to the shirt. I’m seventy and would put more effort in than them just for the privilege and pride of pulling the black and white shirt on. Can only see a hammering with this team playing.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Sorry but this team is set out to defend for 90+ minutes.

    Anita and Colback will stay back all times whilst SDJ will occupy the CM area whilst Sissoko, Wijnaldum and Cisse will be the attacking outlet.

    No symphony for Steve.

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  • colwell

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #16

    This could well be our biggest thrashing for years, Liverpool are on fire and scoring for fun against hard teams.

    We have the shitest defense in the Prem, playing with a w@nk midfield and 2 players up top that would struggle to beat Williamson in a race. Oh well perhaps us getting a hiding McClaren will get sacked or maybe thats his plan.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #17

    I suspect a thorough spanking today, probably in the region of 3/4 -0.
    After all the press about cancelled days off/ bust ups – will be interesting to see if there is any effect on the players.
    SDJ – starting – will now see if he really is any use or not. Has he got the stamina or speed for the PL.
    Wally is increasingly living up to being Wally.

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  • micktoon

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Dummett starts again after a run of poor games i cant fault the lads commitment and hes not just here for the pay packet like a few are, but lets be honest mbabu would be a no brainer for me push dummett to CB instead of colo he would throw his body on the line for the mags and the fans would appreciate that, as for perez dropped and sissoko starting have i been watching A DIFFERENT team lately, no problem with de jong about time he got a chance just not for perez

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    dummet will never be a left back.

    The wally really needs to go. It’s england all over again.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    something really stinks here.

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  • toonking

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    catchy
    pardew got large runs with poor points totals pardew dropped the likes of abeid for a crapper on pardew consistantly allowed starting positions to those who deserved to be dropped, why don’t you being turning on mac now as he’s proving more and more like a pardew.

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  • toonking

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #22

    begin*

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Nezza – agree – packing the midfield. Tactics for a draw. Will be interesting to see how daring our players are in getting up the field – probably won’t.
    Might see a contrast here of Liverpool pressing our lot all the time to get the ball – with our lot sitting back – hoping Cisse will get a goal – which he won’t.

    No to Moyes -another knacker/Percy type.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #24

    can’t bring myself to watch this
    mclaren is a coward as far as i’m concerned

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Colwell could be on to something here!

    Why have your best performer dropped and put on someone who is more than likely to get injured ( SDJ ) going against a Liverpool mids?

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Milner for a hat trick on the cards here?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #27

    sm made a lot about being a manager who would bring attacking, passing football. to me if anything he’s more of a fraud than pardew and allardyce who used to laughingly say their teams always played on the front foot.

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  • anthc

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Well rumours rife mclarens gone after today…..
    Usual pre match wishful thinking!
    Even with a weakened side 3 nowt at least to Liverpool.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #29

    We will be given a good spanking today. I’m guessing 6-0 to Liverpool.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #30
  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #32

    ter-after

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #33

    For the Chronic to copy and paste:
    “Fabricio Coloccini apologises to Newcastle United fans and club staff after Liverpool horror show”.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #34

    today is playing against a manager we could only dream of, while in our dugout is wally. the footballing gods really do hate us so much.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Nezza

    Snap!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #36

    We will know if he gets the sack after the game because he won’t turn up for the interview after the match.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Perez dropped is one thing, I’m not wholly against it as he has been just as pitiful as the rest in recent weeks and Cisse was the best of a bad bunch and took his one chance against Palace, however going with the same back 4 is just inexplicably stupid, at the very least Mbabu should be in there, he’s better than any of or other fullbacks defensively and merits the spot given how well he did early season before been injured, this would allow the added benefit of dropping Colo and moving Dummet in to his proper position, because he is certainly no LB that’s for sure

    Anita and Colback again in CM is another mark against McClaren, bringing it on himself. Seems to make the bare minimum of changes the fans demand each week, he’ll be aware of fan opinion on a whole host of issues, so he finally puts SDJ in, but doesn’t have the guts to make the quantity of changes necessary.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #38

    dennis

    not really much of an option with that team. wonder how long before cisse’s first offside or dummet beaten or colo turning his back.

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  • Malta Mag

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Whoever you are that’s just commented on Dummett “putting his body on the line” for the club cos he’s a local lad????? Are you having a laugh??? Dummett hasn’t a clue and like many on here I cannot understand how he’s still been selected?? There were options for change but the manager has opted for a safe decision by dropping the best player at the club, Perez?? Unbelievable!!!! Hope the electronic scoreboard can keep up with the goal fest??

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Rotonda heights

    Na the footballing gods don’t hate us!

    Mike Ashley and Co hate us!

    This is why my father use to say Southerners and Northerners never mix!

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